To boost interdisciplinary collaborations between culture and technology, Vice Minister of Culture Lee Lien-chuan (李連權) led 20 artists from different fields to visit the National Center for High-performance Computing (NCHC) and the Instrument Technology Research Center (ITRC) in Hsinchu City on Nov. 9.
For this year's talent incubation program, the Ministry of Culture has organized the "Virtual Reality Cultural Configuration Platform (跨虛實人文計算平台)” with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), and the Ministry of Education (MOE).
By combining the render farm of "Virtual Reality Rendering Development and Service (跨虛實即時算圖技術研發與服務)” of NCHC with the Bureau of Cultural Heritage's 3D point cloud database on the nation's heritage sites, the platform will construct a digital model database that can be used to train new professionals.
During the visit to Hsinchu, Vice Minister Lee and Director General Shieh Ce-kuen (謝錫堃) of NCHC also held dialogue with artists to discuss the potential of art residency programs at science centers.
Vice Minister Lee noted that the Ministry has sent artists to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) before, and residency there helped artists gain inspiration from science and modified their aesthetics. (See: Dancer-artist duo selected for CERN residency in Geneva.)
Thus, the Ministry and MOST have been actively searching for interdisciplinary projects since the establishment of the configuration platform, hoping for artists and scientists to work together and generate innovative ideas that could pave the foundation for the development of cultural technology.
As one of the affiliated research centers of the National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) under the Ministry of Science and Technology, NCHC is the nation's only large-computing platform and infrastructure network. ITRC, which is also an affiliated center of NARLabs, serves as the nation's leader in optics and vacuum technology. They serve to foster science talents and boost innovation- and technology-driven economic growth.
The visiting performance groups - including LuxuryLogico (豪華朗機工), Dimension + (超維度互動), and Anarchy Dance Theatre (安娜琪舞蹈劇場) - expressed their anticipation over creating new works and joining the future artist-in-residence program after visiting the two centers.